The U.S. at a glance ...
Trump’s Ford pressure: President-elect Donald Trump claimed victory last week after the Ford Motor Co. said it would keep production of the Lincoln MKC vehicle at its Louisville plant. “I worked hard with [Ford executive chairman] Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant in Kentucky,” tweeted Trump, implying that he had stopped the company from moving the entire factory to Mexico. Ford had never planned to move the plant or cut any U.S. jobs, and isn’t allowed to do so under its current contract with the United Auto Workers. But the company was planning to move production of the MKC model to its Cuautitlán factory in Mexico so that Kentucky workers could focus on building more of the Ford Escape SUV, which outsells the MKC 12 to 1. Ford reportedly made the largely symbolic shift in its plans as “an olive branch’’ to Trump, and to signal it wants to work with him to make U.S. manufacturing more competitive.
Police targeted: A police officer was killed in San Antonio this week and another two officers shot in targeted attacks in St. Louis and Sanibel, Fla., in one of the bloodiest days for law enforcement this year. In San Antonio, police arrested Otis Tyrone McKane, 31, for allegedly gunning down Detective Benjamin Marconi as the officer wrote a traffic ticket outside police headquarters. As he was taken into the police station, McKane told reporters he was upset over a custody battle and “lashed out at someone who didn’t deserve it.” San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said Marconi’s killing was an attack on all officers. “I think the uniform was the target,” said McManus. Hours after Marconi was shot dead, an officer in St. Louis and one in Sanibel were shot while sitting in their patrol cars. The suspected attacker in St. Louis was later shot dead by police, while the Sanibel suspect was arrested after a shoot-out.
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Officer charged: A Minnesota police officer was charged with second-degree manslaughter last week over the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black motorist whose death in July was live-streamed on Facebook by his girlfriend. Castile, 32, was killed during a traffic stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. In a video streamed immediately after the shooting, Diamond Reynolds—sitting next to a bleeding Castile, with their 4-yearold daughter in the backseat—said her boyfriend was shot after he told Officer Jeronimo Yanez that he was armed and had a license to carry a firearm. “I told him not to reach for it,” a uniformed officer can be heard shouting in the video. Prosecutors said that Yanez, who fired seven shots into the car, was not justified in using deadly force. Yanez’s attorneys said the officer intends to plead not guilty.
School bus tragedy: At least five elementary school children were killed and another 23 injured in Chattanooga this week, a day before the Thanksgiving break, when their school bus slammed into a tree and split apart. The bus was taking 37 children ranging from kindergartners to fifth-graders home from Woodmore Elementary School when it veered off the road, flipped onto its side, and wrapped around a tree. Emergency responders took more than two hours to free all of the children. The bus’s driver, Johnthony Walker, 24, was arrested hours later and charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving. Authorities said Walker had been driving “well above the posted speed limit of 30 miles per hour” at the time of the accident. Chattanooga has suffered an “unimaginable loss,” said Mayor Andy Berke. “There are no words to comfort the broken heart of a mother or father.”
NSA chief under fire: The heads of the Pentagon and the intelligence community have recommended to President Obama that NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers be removed from his job, according to a report published in The Washington Post this week. Unnamed government officials said that Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called for Rogers’ removal last month out of “frustration” over a number of serious security lapses at the NSA since former contractor Edward Snowden leaked thousands of classified documents in 2015—including two subsequent internal thefts of material at the NSA’s premier cyberhacking unit. Carter is also reportedly disappointed that the U.S. Cyber Command, also under Rogers’ leadership, was only able to disrupt online ISIS networks for the first time last month. Donald Trump is said to be considering Rogers as Clapper’s replacement to oversee all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies, after Clapper announced his resignation last week.
Far right cheers Trump: White nationalists raised their arms in Nazi salutes as they celebrated Donald Trump’s electoral victory in Washington, D.C., this week, during a gathering for the alt-right movement. The conference, held annually by the white supremacist National Policy Institute, initially focused on how the altright can act more like the mainstream media. But after many journalists had left, NPI President Richard Spencer told the audience at the Ronald Reagan federal building that America belonged to white people, whom he called the “children of the sun,” according to a video of the speech. Spencer said that white nationalists “have a psychic connection” with Trump, and that white identity was at the core of both the alt-right and the Trump movement, even if most Trump voters “aren’t willing to articulate it as such.” As he concluded his speech with a “Hail Trump!” some attendees ran forward, holding their arms aloft in a Nazi salute and shouting “Heil the people!”